Depression After a Cardiac Event or Cardiac Surgery (audio)
The presence of depression not only contributes to feelings of distress, but it interferes with the ability to make lifestyle changes (e.g., to stop smoking) and to follow medical recommendations with ease. The presence of depression also can interfere with long-term recovery from a cardiac event or cardiac surgery. Cardiac patients who notice a change in their mood for the worse for several days, no matter how minor, should discuss the possibility of depression with their cardiac healthcare team or medical provider. In this webcast, Dr. Feingold will discuss the symptoms of depression and the impact of depression on cardiac recovery and long-term prognosis. She also will highlight strategies to minimize depression and stress after a cardiac event or cardiac surgery.
Kim Feingold, PhD, director of Cardiac Behavioral Medicine at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial and assistant professor of Psychiatry and Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.